Flores hails Hornets’ spirit

Watford boss Quique Flores admits the 2-0 win over Stoke on Saturday will give his side the confidence they need to compete in the Premier League.

Goals either side of the half-time break from Troy Deeney and Almen Abdi secured a first victory in four league games for the Hornets as they halted a three-match winning run for Mark Hughes' team.

Flores praised the spirit his players displayed to bounce back from a comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Arsenal with a big performance against the in-form Potters.

The Spaniard is content with how the top-flight newcomers have fared after 10 games and he believes they belong in the top flight.

"The players showed me they have big personalities. The team has an amazing soul," Flores said in his post-match interview.

"We created some attempts and it was important to score for the confidence for the future.

"We worked very hard. In the first half, we had a little problem with Shaqiri but we were stronger in the middle in the second half and we didn't let so many one-on-one situations come along.

"Maybe we will make a report now and look back. Thirteen points is okay so far and I think the players feel they are very competitive in this category which is the most important thing."